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The Carthage Press
  • Boylan Foundation donates to center

  • The Carthage School District is more than three quarters of the way toward its goal of raising $1 million in private donations for the new early childhood center, now under construction on Fairview Avenue.
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  • The Carthage School District is more than three quarters of the way toward its goal of raising $1 million in private donations for the new early childhood center, now under construction on Fairview Avenue.
    The Carthage Board of Education on Friday announced it had accepted a $30,000 donation from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation and agreed to name the reception area of the new center in honor of Lauren Platt Laird, a Boylan family member and a member of the Boylan Foundation board of directors.
    Henningsen said Laird was the district's first Parents as Teachers educator.
    Beth James, the district's Director of Special Services, said Laird has been in contact with the district about this building since before plans for it were finalized and she wanted her family's foundation to be part of its construction.
    "She has always felt it was so critical for Parents as Teachers and the other programs to be under one roof," James said. "She wanted her family to be co-sponsors of this and was so honored by the contribution."
    Other donations accepted recently included donations for bricks from Jane Crawford, Tony and Terri Diggs, Marilyn Hole and Laurel Rosenthal, who donated for two bricks.
    They had also accepted a donation from Steve Leibbrand and Lynda Homa for a bench.
    Carthage Superintendent Blaine Henningsen said private donations had reached $769,425 so far.
    "We're running out of rooms and big ticket places to name, but if someone wants to make a donation, we'll accommodate them," Henningsen said. "The public support has been incredible."
    The largest donations went to the naming of the building.
    Donations of $100,000 each from the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation, the family of Felix Wright and SMB Bank resulted in the building being named the Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison Early Childhood Center / W.B. Wright Early Childhood Special Services Center / SMB Learning Center for Parents As Teachers.
    The Steadly Trust also gave $350,000 to the project.
    A number of families and other groups have donated and received naming rights to the playground, classrooms and other rooms and locations at the center.
    The building was contracted for construction at a cost of $3,090,921. The district will be reimbursed about $2 million in federal funds for the portions of the building dedicated to early childhood special education and Title I preschool.
    The building will house Parents as Teachers, early childhood special education and Title I preschool in one facility for the first time on the history of those programs.
    Housing them in the same building means the counselors and teachers in the programs can communicate better about young children who sometimes need the services of two or all three of those programs.
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